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Award finalists and international recognition for CSIC’s fibre optic work.

last modified Mar 20, 2014 02:22 PM
CSIC’s novel fibre optic instrumentation and monitoring work has been recognised at the 2013 NCE International Tunnelling Awards in London
Award finalists and international recognition for CSIC’s fibre optic work.

Tunnel segment being instrumented with the optical fibre cables


The awards celebrated the most innovative and successful projects, companies, and individuals from across the global tunnelling industry.

Dr Mohammed Elshafie, CSIC Co-investigator, made the final shortlist in two categories for his project on instrumentation of tunnel segments for performance-based design work at National Grid’s London Power Tunnels: Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year, and Technical Innovation of the Year.

“This award nomination is incredibly significant”, said Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director of CSIC. “Having CSIC’s work recognised alongside that of leading companies in international tunnelling is a real endorsement of the contribution we are making to bringing innovation to the construction sector.”

The awards were hosted by Mark Hansford of the New Civil Engineer. He referred to the fact that the tunnelling industry is booming both in London and in many cities around the world. He said, “it is booming because governments see the clear need for infrastructure and because they recognise that the international tunnelling community can deliver it, on time and budget”.

He went on to say, “in this industry skilled, experienced people are everything. It is the same the world over, as cities seek to expand and support their populations”.

The awards were organised by New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering, and the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES).